TALLINN -- A new book by a Russian historian claims Estonia's recollection of the 1941 forced deportations to Siberia is too harsh. In The Myth AboutGenocide, revisionist historian Alexander Dyukov paints a picture of Soviet repressions as little worse than a family picnic, Eesti Ekspess reports.
Dyukov admits that certain repressions did take place butsays the way they are depicted in
"If Baltic nationalists had not cooperated with Germanspecial services and had not prepared for acts of diversion, there would havebeen no need for deportation. It was the activity of nationalists and of Nazi agentsthat provoked the deportations - and Estonian historians prefer to keepsilent about it," the historian writes.
Eesti Ekspress points out that at the time of the firstdeportations, the war with
In Dyukov's interpretation the 1941 deportation did not greatlydiffer from a family outing to the countryside, albeit in somewhat crampedcircumstances. The
The author writes of how, according to NKVD security policeinstructions, doctors and army surgical assistants took care of the health ofthose being forcibly transported. According to Dyukov, it was prohibited toaccommodate more than 30 persons per rail truck. He also claims that thedeportees were well fed.
The 1941 deportations in
Around 3,500 adult men were separated from their familiesand sent to labor camps. By 1942 only about 200 of them were still alive. Aroundhalf the 6,500 women and children died of cold, starvation and overwork in